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MLK Writing Prompts - Sentence Starter Task Cards

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PDF | 5 pages | Grades: 1 - 4

Reflect on the concepts explored near Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with these 15 Martin Luther King writing prompts.

Strengthen Your Students’ Composition Skills With Our MLK Writing Prompts

“The blank page” is a scary place for writers of all skill levels

With these writing prompts, students will get a head start using their own words to reflect on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work on social justice. 

Some examples of writing prompts include:

I can help others by…

Doing the right thing means…

If I were a leader, I would…

By completing this activity, students demonstrate an ability to write details that describe their actions, thoughts, and feelings.

Perfect Writing Prompts About Martin Luther King, Jr.

In addition to independent student work time, use this MLK Day writing exercise as a:

Students who need extra support can work on this activity in a 1:1 teacher intervention setting or your guided writing group

To Prepare our MLK Journal Prompts

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between black-and-white or full-color PDF options.   

You can also turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.

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